A few weeks ago I mentioned that Phod was being picky with his food and at times appeared to have stomach cramps. There have been some other symptoms I have not discussed here but discussed with our vet Woody. They include: His gunky ears; being far more tired after the same amount/less exercise, even when it isn’t really hot; excessive panting; seeming more sore/stiff some days. Woody also noted he has put on weight. He is up 5 lbs from last year and is as active and not eating any more.
After a physical exam, other than maybe a little extra weight, Phod seems very healthy. His joints were fine, his coat was fine, the gunk in his ears wasn’t an infection, his heart and lungs sounded perfect. There was nothing physical to indicate a problem.
There are two things that may each explain some of his symptoms.
- He has some food allergies/sensitives. We are transitioning him to a whitefish diet to see if this helps. Woody said it could take 8 weeks for us to really see a difference.
- While he thinks it is a long shot, he asked that we test his thyroid. Phod was taken to the back room to have blood work done.
I feel a bit like a worry wart being a bit stressed about my boy's health, l but after our angel Loki and all his crazy health problems, I have learned to trust my intuition. Something is just a little off with my boy. Food sensitive and thyroid are things I know I can handle, we got through immune mediated hepatitis that caused cirrhosis of the liver after all. To read more about that journey click HERE.
Paws crossed that we find a simple solution to help my boy be more himself.